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The skyBeacon is a 2020 compliant, class B1S ADS-B UAT transmitter and WAAS GPS. It was created to be easy to install and configure by allowing it to be integrated into a tail position light - remedying the need for costly panel modifications and new transponders. It features a a UAT (978MHz) transmitter with a blade antenna that minimizes installation and antenna placement errors. The built-in WAAS GPS offers rule compliant position data for ADS-B transmission without the need for additional wiring or external GPS antenna mounting. The power transcoder decodes legacy Mode C and Mode S replies. The skyBeacon package also has has an integrated altitude encoder that doesn't require a connection to static pressure systems, but rather benefits from being mounted in an ideal altitude sensing location and contains Continuous Calibration™ technology.Continuous Calibration™ technology (Patent Pending) automatically and continuously calibrates the integrated altitude encoder for correspondence with the aircraft transponder’s altitude encoder, allowing compliant operations in remote and challenging environments. Final touches include LED tail light.

The skyBeacon Tail integrated solution consists of a total of five (4) TSOs:

  • ADS-B (TSO-C154c, Class B1S)
  • GPS (TSO-C145d, Class Beta 1)
  • Barometric altitude sensor (TSO-C88b)
  • Tail Light (TSO-C30c, Type III)

UAT Transmitter
Meets the performance requirements of TSO-154c Class B1S. RTCA DO-282B Class B1S

Position Light
Meets performance requirements of TSO-C30c Type I

Integrated RAIM processor for Security and Integrity protection
SBAS corrections and health messages used to detect and correct satellite range errors
Satellite pseudo range step errors detected and excluded
SBAS fast and long-term corrections applied

Power Transcoder
Decodes altitude and squawk via aircraft electrical system

STC data package accepted by FAA with 272 aircraft AML

ADS-B Out: 91.255, 91.227, AC 20-165B
GNSS Position: AC 20-165B
Tail Light: SAE/AS8037

70 grams

124 x 116 x 48 mm

Input voltage:
11 - 31 VDC

Operating power:
3 watt

Operating temp:
-45°C to 80°C

LED position light:
Aviation clear, Intensity: 40 candelas

Power classification:
978 MHz UAT Transmitter: DO-282B Medium Power

Tracking: 166 dBm
Reacquisition: 160 dBm
Cold Start: 148 dBm

Power transcoder:
Decodes Mode A,C and S via DC input

NOTE:  This unit does NOT incorporate an anti-collision light like the wing tip unit does.

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